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Benjamin Millepied

Benjamin Millepied is a French dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker. Millepied was a principal with the New York City Ballet where he danced from 1995 to 2011. Mr. Millepied’s many ballets are in the repertory of major dance companies around the world such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, The Mariinsky Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Berlin Staatsoper, Lyon Opera Ballet, and Dutch National Ballet. Mr. Millepied also choreographed the solo Years Later for Mikhail Baryshnikov in 2008. His collaborators include composers Nico Muhly, Nicholas Britell, David Lang, Bryce Dessner, artists Christopher Wool, Barbara Kruger, Mark Bradford, Daniel Buren, Liam Gillick, United Visual Artists, designers Rodarte, Iris Van Herpen, and Alessandro Sartori.


In 2010 Mr. Millepied choreographed and starred in the award-winning film Black Swan. Two years later he founded L.A. Dance Project. In 2014 he was appointed Director of Dance at Paris Opera Ballet. For the two seasons that Mr. Millepied programmed at Paris Opera Ballet, he commissioned new works by William Forsythe, Justin Peck, Jerome Bel, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite, Tino Seghal, Nico Muhly, and James Blake.

In 2016 Mr. Millepied resigned from his position in order to focus his energy on making L.A. Dance Project the organization he envisions for dance today. In addition to his work as a choreographer and artistic director, Mr. Millepied has directed numerous dance short films over the years. In 2018 he will make his directorial feature debut with the film musical Carmen. Mr. Millepied is a recipient of the Prix de Lausanne, the Mae L. Wien Award, and the U.S.A. Artists fellowship and was also named a “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French government.